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Latest posts by artjak

Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 19:40

Frank, sadly not all of us have the space for those large wooden bins; wish I had a big garden like yours

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:26

The snails go into the field behind; I'm trying to introduce snail hurling as an Olympic Sport Sometimes my dinner guests and I stand at the front door as they are leaving and indulge in a little snail hurling

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:24

Rosie, Lizzie, Chickie and everyone; have a really lovely break and I hope the sun shines for you all; you deserve it

Belfast Sink Ideas

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:22

scroggin, thank you for that

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:20

I'm still working on this, I can get my own plants down to Somerset and probably do one other journey. But wouldn't it be great if someone like B&Q or Dobbies would do it? they have the right kind of transport; food companies would not be able to transport plants.

Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:16

When us Compost masters (no sniggering at the back there) go out to do events in the Norfolk area, a lot of people say that they have been filling their compost bin for years and there is no compost. Well there probably is... you have to turn the contents about every 2 or 3 weeks, keep adding to it (50% greens and 50% browns - nitrogen and carbon. Browns being scrunched up newspaper etc.)

Then there is the big challenge, how to access that compost. Some gardeners just tip the whole thing over or lift the bin up to reveal the contents. I would find that rather messy on the gravel where the bins are situated.

So here is how I do it;

 First put down some tarpaulin or plastic, an old shower curtain would do and I use a small coal shovel and the compost stirrer that I bought from The Centre for Alternative Technology years ago, but Amazon also do them.

 Having taken the little apron off at the front, I start raking the compost out with the stirrer and the shovel

 I have not sieved this compost as I want to add lots of 'roughage' to a new bit of flower bed that was under the lawn and very compacted rather poor soil.

 In the compost you may find small plants trying to grow in a ghostly fashion without light; I put those aside to chop up and add to the next bin

 This is unsieved compost; black gold as it will really help condition the old soil from under the lawn. I will add organic chicken manure pellets as there is not a great deal of nutrition in compost.

 And here it has been dug in. (The white line at the edge of the lawn is where I used diluted white emulsion and a small brush to define the new lawn edge)

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 09:11

Lizzie, I as a professional artist I believe everyone can draw; you just have to teach them how to really look and as an amateur singer I believe anyone can sing; they just have to be taught how to really listen. Even Jeremy Hardy on 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue' Radio 4, whose awful singing was legendary seems to have improved.

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 09:06

I'm quite a newcomer to growing from cuttings, but so far it seems to be working

Painting of fence

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:31

I think colour depends on location, so one should not always choose 'my favourite colour'. I chose an orangey colour for my fence which is very long, because other people nearby had used very dark brown and it defined their fences too strongly. The orangey Cuprinol 'Ducks Back' within a year or two toned down to an acceptable colour. I am not very fond of dark colours; I feel in a climate where we have longish winters, with not much sunlight it is a good idea to keep a 'light' feel in and outside of the house.

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:20


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